My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. (Psalms 38:5)
Today's Morsel: They say, that when a spouse or child has been abused and hurt, they will cover up for their abuser when someone asks them about visible wounds or bruises by saying, "I hurt myself." I've had people say to me when the truth is uncovered, "But you don't understand! I was afraid that it would happen again." This may be true, but Paul said that God has not given to us the spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). It's not the abused that have done wrong and need forgiveness, it is the abuser. But if they are never reported, then the abused becomes as the psalmist, their wounds stink and are corrupt because of their foolishness. Any sin in a person's life, if it isn't dealt with, will cause wounds and hurts. And pretty soon, it will make you corrupt within, thus leading to more foolishness. As Solomon said, "Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine" (Proverbs 23:29-30). Almost all abuse cases have alcohol related in some way. The stuff is a killer, and yet, the world hasn't realized it. Paul said, Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace" Romans 6:12-14). Sin will leave you battered, wounded, and abused. But Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19). Are you tired of self inflected wounds? Then it's time that you take a step away from yourself and allow Jesus to heal you. That's one of the reason why He came.
Sing: He was wounded for our transgressions! He was bruised for our iniquities! Surely, He bore all our sorrows, and by His stripes we are healed!